There will also undoubtedly be arguments against the recommendation, whether they stem from fears over encouraging risky behavior, concerns about about patient adherence or religious beliefs.
Still, Grossman said, consumers could see birth control medications sold over the counter in less than five years.
"It is a pretty bold move on the part of ACOG," he said. "I really respect that the organization decided to make this statement after reviewing all the evidence. It's not very common where you hear a physician organization say, 'We think there should be a change so that our patients don't have to see us anymore.' "